With 60 votes, Democrats can beat a Republican filibuster – and they're increasingly confident of getting there by wooing party moderates.
He has not insisted that an overhaul include a public insurance option... or else. But on Tuesday he reiterated his preference for that approach.
Team Obama has picked favorites for races in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York. Local party figures say that undermines democracy – and is not the national party's job.
Obama's chief of staff says the final vote on a bill is not the only yardstick. Presidential outreach and incorporating GOP ideas count, too.
But lawmakers are in no rush to tackle a controversial issue that has broad economic and social implications.